61 new telework partners sign on as NBN takes off

A further 61 organisations across Australia have signed up to promote telework and participate in National Telework Week, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, announced today.

“By embracing telework, organisations can free up their employees to work away from the office and with more flexible arrangements. Work is what you do, not where you do it. The Government’s investment in fast, affordable broadband through the National Broadband Network should see telework increase across the country,” Senator Conroy said.

“The NBN allows employees to work in high-definition interactive environments from wherever they are, be it at home or elsewhere. This increases workplace productivity and can reduce the need for long daily commutes to the office. This will make a big difference to people’s work-life balance.”

The significant increase in National Telework Partners to seventy-six reflects strong employer interest in the expected benefits of the NBN for the telework experience.

Pip Marlow, Managing Director of Microsoft Australia, said “I want Microsoft employees to wake up every morning and know that they can achieve their best because they have the flexibility to work in a style, location, and time that best suits them. I want them to be supported by the technology that brings that to life.”

By adopting this new type of workplace, Microsoft says it has reduced its office space needs by 25 per cent, while at the same time increasing staff engagement.  Similar results are being reported by many National Telework Partners.

To help business leaders and employers better understand how NBN-enabled telework can improve their business, the Government is partnering with the Australian Information Industry Association and the Australian Services Roundtable to provide a series of telework seminars.

The Seminars will be held in major capital cities and regional centres as follows: Adelaide, Perth, and Mandurah in June; Melbourne, Bendigo, and Mt Gambier in July; Brisbane, Gold Coast, and Canberra in August; and Sydney and Newcastle in September.

For more information on the telework seminars visit www.aiia.com.au and www.servicesaustralia.org.au

For more information on National Telework Week 12-16 November 2012 visit www.nbn.gov.au/telework/ or email telework@dbcde.gov.au

Date: 11 May 2012
Contact: Adam Sims 0408 258 457

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